WILLIAM J BOWERS
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HONORED ON PANEL 43E, LINE 52 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM JAMES BOWERS

WALL NAME

WILLIAM J BOWERS

PANEL / LINE

43E/52

DATE OF BIRTH

09/11/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/08/1968

HOME OF RECORD

KOPPEL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Beaver County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM JAMES BOWERS
POSTED ON 3.8.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
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POSTED ON 6.14.2019
POSTED BY: Charles Allen

William's last day with A Co., 1/502nd

The squad ambushed 5 NVA in the early morning hours of March 8th after which we ran back to the night defensive perimeter. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night because in the morning we were to attack the village these men come out of (Ap Dong Lam). I knew that their comrades would be waiting exact retribution for what we had done to their brothers in arms, I was deathly afraid. At day break as I remember it seems like we just stood up and started moving a few paces toward the village when all hell broke loose, a large haystack in front of me and directly in front of a kid named Hudson Blew up mortally wounding him. After a second to collect my thoughts I saw William about 20 yards to my right, I crawled over to see if I could help, I recognized him immediately because of his glasses, he was fading and could not talk. I soon realized that William had been trying to come to the aid of another stricken soldier, when I moved toward him he told me to stop because William had been shot (they had snipers) trying to save him. It was dew on the ground that morning, it's been over 50 years ago but there is not a day that goes that don't remember laying on that wet ground with William, he was one of 10 men we lost in 2 days.
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POSTED ON 5.17.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 4 BOWERS,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRYMAN/PARACHUTIST. MONDAY WAS THE 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAYAQUEZ INCIDENT - THE LAST BIG BATTLE OF THE WAR BIG SIGH. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2014

For SP4 William James BOWERS, USA...Koppel's bravest hero, who gave his all for all of us!!!!!!!!!!!

He loved us so.
Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.
In honesty, in affection, he told us so.
He loved us so.
Every day, in a hundred ways, he showed us so.
With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.
He was our defender, and he kept us free!
He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!
He loved us so, and we should know.
For we loved him so.
Specialist Bowers, you were the very essence of DUTY!...HONOR!...and COUNTRY! You had been there and done that in Vietnam! You were one brave man who did brave deeds for our America! You had fought for the right, without question or pause! Your name and fame are the BIRTHRIGHT of EVDERY American citizen! In your youth and strength...your love and loyalty...you had given all that mortality can give! You had given all to defend liberty everywhere! Koppel is very proud of you! You had sacrificed your life so that freedom and justice may live! you had lived up to the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land!...an ideal SO NOBLE that it arouses in all of us a sense of pride, and yet, of humility! I strongly and honestly believe that Avonmore's own Jill Corey, whom I greatly and immensely admire as one of my three top favorite songbirds of all time, the other two being Walton-on-Thames's own Julie Andrews, England's musical queen, and London's own Dusty Springfield, another thrush from England, would be very proud of your service to America, and the sacrifices you made to keep us and our country free! Well done, Specialist! Be thou at peace. ARMY STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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POSTED ON 3.7.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 William James Bowers, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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